Oscar a talent to watch for the future

TALENT SCOUTED: Oscar Cutting.
TALENT SCOUTED: Oscar Cutting.

SUFFOLK junior tennis player Oscar Cutting was put through his paces in the Lawn Tennis Association’s (LTA) national Talent ID Finals at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London.

The former Elmsett Primary School pupil (near Hadleigh), was among 60 youngsters from across the country invited to the session, after successfully progressing through county and regional Talent ID days to make the final week.

Cutting, 12, who now attends Culford Prep School near Bury St Edmunds where he trains at their indoor tennis centre, showed off his skills in front of the LTA Talent ID team, who were aiming to spot future performance players.

Even at such an early age they were displaying the right attributes that could enable them to make a real impact on the game.

Cutting, who lives at Barking Tye, near Needham Market, said: “This is my fourth visit to the Talent ID Finals and I get so much out of it.

“I really enjoy warming up and practising my serve as it’s a very important part of the game.”

The day was overseen by LTA Head of Talent Management, Andrew Lewandowski, who was impressed by what he saw.

He said: “Everyone has performed really well and shown lots of ability across a number of different tasks designed to test athletic ability, co-ordination, speed and agility, as well as a real natural talent and love for the sport.

“It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic and talented players give it their all.

“The LTA is committed to developing and supporting talent, and we now have the systems in place to give players like this the best possible chance of reaching their potential so I look forward to seeing their progress.”